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Franklin Township: Cardiologist from Somerset Admits to Billing Veterans Affairs for Bogus Medical Procedures

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NEWARK, NJ - A doctor from Somerset is facing 10 years in prison and was ordered to pay a total of $714,690 in restitution to the Veterans Affairs program due to a fraud charge, officials say. 

Apostolos Voudouris, 44, pleaded guilty, today to U.S District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to a health care fraud charge, according to officials. 

Voudouris told officials he submitted documentation claiming he performed more than 350 procedures between 2011 and 2015, that he did not perform, according to court documents. 

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According to officials, Voudouris must pay  $476,460 to resolve the government’s claims under the False Claims Act and a $250,000 fine for fraudulently receiving $238,230 from the VA. 

According to the documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Voudouris is a physician specializing in cardiology and electrophysiology.

Voudouris provided services to eligible veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Orange, pursuant to his contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to officials. 

In 2010 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey reorganized its health care practice to handle criminal and civil investigations in addition to prosecutions of health care fraud offenses.

The office has recovered more than $1.36 billion in health care and government fraud settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and other statutes, according to officials. 

Sentencing for Voudouris is scheduled for Dec. 12, officials say. 

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